Penne with Chicken and Pesto

Penne with Chicken and Pesto


"I sometimes substitute chicken broth for half the heavy cream called for in the recipe to reduce calories. I also use additional Parmesan."


30 m servings 497 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 497 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 26.1 g
  • 40%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.6g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 24 g
  • 48%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 97 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 164 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken and garlic until chicken is almost cooked. Reduce heat and stir in salt, pepper, cream, pesto and Parmesan cheese. Cook until chicken is no longer pink inside. Stir in cooked pasta.
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  1. 699 Ratings


Very very good! Fast and easy too! First off, I NEVER use chicken breasts because I feel they are too dry, and lack flavor. I ALWAYS substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs in all recipes t...

The best pasta dish I have ever had! I love pesto so I added a couple extra tablespoons of that and I used 1 cup of half and half and 1/4 cup chicken stock to cut some calories.

I absolutely loved this recipe. It turned out perfect. I did not make any changes.

Since I served this as a side dish with stuffed chicken, I omitted the chicken in this recipe. Wowie--I was blown away by this! I always make my own pesto, as I did this time, but this was the...

Yum. I used chicken broth instead of cream. Tasty and easy.

Very quick and easy to make but just an okay recipe for us. There are way too much noodles for the amount of sauce. Recommend doubling the sauce or cut down on the pasta. Thanks

This is pretty good. I didn't have heavy cream or penne pasta so I used half & half and rotini pasta instead. Also, I added 1/2 tsp of chicken bullion granules when added the pesto. Next time...

Very good and super easy to make! I used Knorr Pesto Mix and made a pesto sauce before boiling the pasta and it came out just fine. The sauce is rich and tasty and this was so easy to make! I th...

Soooo good and easy! I didn't use the butter and used less olive oil than called for. Pesto has enough oil in it! I also used skim milk with a tsp of cornstarch wisked in instead of the heavy...